Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Give-Away: Win Roja Dove's The Essence Of Perfume

image: Roja Dove / Black Dog Publishing

Roja Dove's much-loved coffee-table tome, The Essence Of Perfume, has just been re-printed in an extensively updated form. I haven't yet seen its reincarnated version - I'll have to wait till October for the opportunity to do so - but the folks at Roja Parfums have kindly offered an advance copy to one lucky reader of Persolaise.com. According to the press release, the new book largely follows the structure of the original, but the chapters on classic perfumes have been expanded and they now feature masculine scents (which were conspicuous by their absence in the first edition). I gather the photography has been spruced up too, and I expect greater prominence has been given to Dove's own fragrance range, which comprised only three creations when the book first emerged in 2010. I often find myself dipping into the original version, so I welcome the arrival of this new rendition very warmly. Coupled with the publication of Jo Fairley and Lorna McKay's The Perfume Bible (on which more in the weeks to come), it'll doubtless provide hours of thought-provoking scent reading.

To enter this draw, please read the terms and conditions below and leave a comment on this post on the subject of the perfumes which you are most looking forward to trying between now and the end of the year.

My thanks to Roja Parfums for making this give-away possible.

Good luck to one and all!

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Terms & Conditions

i) the draw will be closed at 10 pm (UK time) on Sunday 14th September 2014; ii) the winner will be selected at random; iii) the winner will be announced on Persolaise.com on Monday 15th September 2014; iv) if the winner has not made contact with Persolaise.com by Saturday 20th September 2014, an alternative winner may be selected; v) the winner's addresses will be shared only with Roja Parfums, who will post the prize to the winner; vi) readers from anywhere in the world are eligible to enter; vii) by entering this competition, you indicate that you are able to receive books and printed matter in your country of residence; viii) Persolaise.com takes no responsibility for the contents of the prize; ix) if the prize is lost in transit, it will not be possible for a replacement to be posted; x) relatives of anyone associated with Persolaise.com are not permitted to enter.

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45 comments:

  1. Ambra Mediterranea, from italian brand Profumi del Forte, is my wished perfume to watch at the moment.
    Thanks for this magnificent draw!

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    1. Insense, I hope you get to try it soon.

      You're in the draw.

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  2. First of all, thank you to Roja Parfums and Persolaise for making this draw for us. I appreciate it :-) I am currently exploring the Roja Parfums line, and so far I have been delighted by fragrances like Amber Aoud, Aoud, Fetish pour Homme and Scandal pour Homme. I realised just how magnificent these creations are. Until the end of the year, I wish to explore more of Rojas line, as they truly are "the finest fragrances in the world". Reading Mr. Doves book while trying the fragrances he made would be such a delight!

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    1. Manuel K, isn't it wonderful when you find a perfume range you really love!

      You're in the draw too.

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  3. A most excellent draw! Roja Perfums are fab (always love stopping into BG to see Tom to get updates and leaving wearing something wonderful from the RD collection.
    Kilian's new Perfume As An Art collection, specifically Light My Fire, is my anticipation (mid October). Loving the samples!

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    1. Hernando, I hope the Kilians live up to your expectations.

      Your name's on the list.

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  4. I'm very curious about Diana Vreeland's scents and Roja's Diagalev.

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    1. Pamela, another vote for Roja :-)

      You're in the draw.

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  5. I can not wait until this weekend when I am about to visit my favourite F&M, especially because I will finally be able to sense the new creation of Roja's - exclusive to F&M.

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    1. Jan, yes, I believe the Fortnum exclusive is now available.

      You're in the draw too.

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  6. I am especially curious about Andy Tauer's new fragrance Sotto la Luna Gardenia :)

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    1. Yuki, I hope you enjoy the Gardenia.

      You're in the draw.

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  7. I already heard so many great things about this book and I would so much like to read it :) Thank you for the draw!

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    1. Missi Bialikov, I'm sure the book will be a good read. What about your choice of the perfume you'd most like to try before the end of the year?

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  8. The scents on my testing horizon are Tauer's Gardenia (I love the real flower and am intrigued by all the aspects he apparently drew from it), DelRae's Wit and Ellena's Cuir d'Ange.

    Thanks to you and to Roja Dove for this international draw opportunity.

    -- Lindaloo

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    1. Lindaloo, I think LOTS of people are waiting to sample Gardenia.

      You're in the draw.

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  9. I dream to able to try "l'Incendiare"-but I'm very much afraid I won't be able to
    Thank you for the tempting draw

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    1. Irina, ah yes... the new one from Uncle Serge. Almost £400 for 50 ml. I think that's a price best described as 'interesting.

      You're in the draw too.

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  10. I am hoping to sample Neela Vermeire's Mohur extrait before the end of the year, as well as Vero Kern's Rozy in both edp in extrait. Thank you for the draw!

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    1. Kathryn, both of those are must-try scents. I hope you find them soon.

      Your name's on the list.

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  11. Would love to sample Aedes De Venustas Oeillet Bengale - some day. Thanks for the draw!

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    1. Dina56, I was really impressed with that scent. Do try to seek it out.

      You're in the draw.

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  12. I'm also looking forward to trying Tauer's Gardenia, especially after reading your wonderful review of it.

    Thanks for the draw!

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    1. AD, thank you. And I hope you find a sample of Gardenia soon.

      You're in the draw too.

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  13. Looking forward to smelling and trying on the Huitième Art LiqueurCharnelle by Pierre Guillaume

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    1. Kat, yes, I need to find that one too.

      Your name's on the list.

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  14. I'm looking forward to getting a good sniff of Black Opium by YSL. I understand it's not really like Opium at all - so why the name? - but as coffee always smells nice, I'm quite excited about this.

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    1. Kati, I can't say I'm impressed with what L'Oreal are doing with the Opium name... but I expect I'll try the scent at some point.

      You're in the draw.

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  15. I'm looking forward to trying Tauer's Sotta La Luna Gardenia. It would have been easier to try if I were still based in the UK but here in the US the way to go is online sampling!

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    1. Vagabond, yet another vote for Gardenia!

      You're in the draw too... and I do hope you're settling in to your new life!

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  16. I'm putting Sotto La Luna Gardenia and Une Rose de Kandahar on my must-try list. Florals are my idea of heaven. Thank you for the enlightening interviews with Mr. Tauer.

    I am also interested in trying Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire along with L'Homme Ideal. It would be fun to try one on each arm and compare them throughout the day.

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    1. Tiffanie, more love for Gardenia :-)

      You're in the draw.

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  17. Bottega Veneta Knot--their other scents have been very well-made, and I love orange blossom.

    If you had told me eighteen months ago that I would spend this much time reading about perfume, I would have thought it unlikely, but I would have thought it impossible that I would be so fascinated by photos of perfume bottles. Thank you for the giveaway, and good luck everyone!

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    1. Laurels, ah, have you only recently gone down the rabbit hole. Welcome :-)

      You're in the draw.

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  18. I feel that I have one massive blank in my perfumed life by not having tried any of Vero Kern's perfumes. As they are not so easily available in brick and mortar shops, I hope I will be forgiven. So her collection is on the priority "to try" list and I will order some samples asap!
    Thank you for writing such a lovely blog. I have been reading it and enjoying it over the summer.
    Regards
    Profumina

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    1. Profumina, thanks so much for your kind words. And yes, you must seek out Vero's scents.

      Your name's on the list.

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  19. Thanks for the give-away.
    there are several I look forward to. Cuir d'Ange (Hermes), Gardenia (Tauer), Beyond Rose (Clinique) - although I dislike exclusives, and the new Narciso Rodriguez called Narciso!

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    1. Danaki, enjoy finding your must-try scents.

      You're in the draw.

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  20. A very generous give away. I enjoyed sampling Sotto La Luna Gardenia in the presence of the man Andy Tauer this week . Next week I will get to try Black Opium - intrigued by the coffee aspect.... we will soon find out.
    Many Thanks Holly

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    1. Holly... yes, I'd be lying if I said I'm not intrigue by this new Opium.

      You're in the draw too.

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  21. Aside from Taure's Gardenia, I would love to try any of Vero Profumo's fragrances (and in each of the different forms they come in).

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    1. Allie Aus, yet another vote for Gardenia :-)

      Your name's on the list.

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  22. I'm looking forward to the new Baruti scents, formerly known as Magnetic Scent. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Moodypaws, I hope you find them soon.

      You're in the draw.

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  23. *** THIS DRAW IS NOW CLOSED ***

    Many thanks for all your entries. Please visit www.persolaise.com tomorrow to find out if you've won.

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